MARACHA. West Nile regional police commander, Mr Christopher Barugahare has warned the people of Maracha district against mob justice and laziness.

The RPC was speaking during thanksgiving ceremony organized by Maracha district Woman Member of Parliament, Ms Rose Ayaka Atima at Oluvu sub-county over the weekend.

Barugahare said poverty caused by laziness amidst resources like land for agriculture and negative attitude by people to collaborate with police are the critical issues that keep on fueling crimes in the society.

"Others prefer sitting at vendors of houses in the trading centers and wait for time to steal properties of those who have worked and warned them to desist from such practices," he said.

He, however, emphasized that if people do not give information to security operatives, it will still remain a big challenge to eliminate criminals in the community.

Meanwhile, Ayaka pledged to collaborate with security agencies in the region following the alarming insecurity cases in Maracha especially the increasing reports of cattle theft along the porous Uganda-DRC border routes in the district.

She called upon youths to cease from theft and robbery, adding that they should instead indulge in productive ventures like agriculture.

During the function, the MP gave out mattresses, wheel cheers, plastic chairs, and solar lamps to youth groups, the people with disabilities (PWDs) and the elderly persons to help them in their activities.

Ayaka said PWDs have been core groups of people in the community she looks at as people who need a lot of help because some of their disabilities cannot allow them to do anything.

Robbert Atiku, 41, a PWD and a resident of Kurua village in Oluvu sub-county said Ayaka’s donation is worth appreciating because of the suffering they have been going through.

"During my school days, people with bicycles could not help me because I could crawl to school in dust and during the rainy season, I get muddy and all those conditions forced me to drop out of school. I’m really happy for Ayaka for this wheelchair though it came late, it will still help me to move far distances,” Atiku said.